This file contains the hand written, in ink, subscription book for George H. Baker's lithograph titled, "Birds-eye view of
Sacramento, California". The hard bound book is in good condition with the binding firmly intact. The paper pages are in good
condition and the hand writing is clear and legible throughout.
George H. Baker joined the Gold Rush to California, arriving at San Francisco in May, 1849. His sketch "Port of San Francisco,
1849" was lithographed and published in the NY Tribune in August, 1849. From 1852 to 1862 Baker worked in Sacramento running
several merchandising businesses; he also edited and published two periodicals, continued to sketch (mostly mining scenes),
and made a series of woodcuts of California views. He drew and published a large and detailed lithograph of Sacramento as
it looked in 1857 (his account book listing subscribers and advertising costs is housed at the Society of California Pioneers).
He moved back permanently to SF in 1862, establishing a lithography and publishing firm. H specialized in broadsides, advertising
cards, views of buildings, stock certificates, maps, letter sheets and birds-eye views.